Motorola Motoluxe review: Hands-on

Can the Motorola Motoluxe corner the mid-range market?

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The Motorola Motoluxe has been designed as a stylish handset that won't break the bank, sporting Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), along with the a generous 4-inch touchscreen, but has it got what it takes to compete with the likes of the Nokia Lumia 710? Motorola were kind enough to give us a sneak preview of a pre-production model...

Motorola Motoluxe: Build

The slimline Motorola Motoluxe measures just 9.8mm thick and with its 117.7 x 60.5 dimensions, it certainly fits comfortably in the hand, while the silky smooth rubberised finish on the back not only gives it a premium feel, but also offers some extra grip, unlike the shiny chassis of an Apple iPhone 4S. What it does have in common with the iPhone is that it'll be available in black or white.

Along with the telltale Android soft controls under the screen (for Menu, Home, Back and Search), the phone also includes a lanyard slot that houses the notification beacon. This flashes green when a message or email is received, red when the phone is out of service, and blue when it's paired with a Bluetooth device - a nice touch that sets the Motorola apart from its similarly priced rivals.

Motorola Motoluxe: Features

Along with relatively standard features such as Bluetooth connectivy (along with the usual 3G and Wi-Fi), the Motorola Motoluxe also sports GPS, along with DLNA and an 8MP camera with LED flash.

New to this particular handset is Motorola's Social Graph function, which is an onscreen graphic that populates itself with the people that you call and text the most, so that you don't have to search through your contacts list to reach them.

In a similar way, the new Motoswitch function does the same for the apps that you use the most (you can also set this manually to select the apps yourself). The Motoluxe also makes it possible to assign applications to your lock screen. Dragging these into the centre of the lock screen will unlock it and take you directly to that app - a simple, yet useful feature that you should end up saving you valuable time.

Motorola Motoluxe: Screen

The 4-inch touchscreen generous for a mid-range handset and gives the Motoluxe more of a top-tier smartphone look to it. We found the touch interface to be pretty zippy without any noticeable lag when switching between homescreens.

Motorola Motoluxe: Performance

The Motoluxe sports a decidedly average 800MHz processor along with 300MB of built-in memory that can be topped up to 32Gb using the microSD card slot. We'll be able to bring you more information on the the overall performance once we've had a finished review sample in for testing.

Motorola Motoluxe: Battery

The Motoluxe has a 1400mAh battery (a reasonably strong effort for a phone at this price), which should mean that you won't have to charge it quite as often as you might with some rivals.

The maker claims that it offers up to around 6.5hours of talk time on 2G (or 4.5 hours on 3G). We'll be able to tell you more about how the battery fares when we've got a full working model to look at in detail.

Motorola Motoluxe: Verdict

Mid-range smartphones can vary greatly from cheapo budget handsets to phones that are only a few steps down from being top-tier phones.

On first impressions, the Motorola Motoluxe falls into the latter category thanks to its nicely designed chassis and large, bright screen. It also gets points for its svelte profile along with the handy indicator light. We'll bring you a full review once we can get our hands on a final retail sample.

Motorola Motoluxe availability: Late February 2012

Motorola Motoluxe price: £270 (SIM free)

What is a hands on review?

'Hands on reviews' are a journalist's first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it. It may be just a few moments, or a few hours. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it's like to use, even if it's only an embryonic view.